Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech's "Reading as Inquiry" project. This year, first-year students will read "The Postmortal" by Drew Magary.

As the story unfolds, John Farrell is about to get "The Cure." Old age can never kill him now. The only problem is, everything else still can. Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and, after much political and moral debate, made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems. Witty, eerie and full of humanity, "The Postmortal" is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying.

Facilitators will lead a small group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper level students during Orientation week. A facilitator information session will be held August 18 and the student group discussions are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 23. The book discussion will follow an address by the author.

As a part of the "Reading as Inquiry" events, Magary will be giving two author's addresses during Orientation Week. The author's addresses will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.on Tuesday, August 23 in the Rozsa.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, register here no later than Monday, April 25. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail. Contact Heather Simpson or call 7-3558 with any questions.

Welcoming New Student Workers

Our office is excited to be adding two new student process improvement coordinators to our staff this semester, Rylie Store and Martine Loevaas. Both are first year students who will be replacing our graduating seniors, Nathan Hood and Elizabeth Wohlford. 

Store and Loevaas will be available to help with the increasing demand for continuous improvement events around campus. We invite you to check out their introductory posts on our Continuous Improvement blog to learn more about each of them.

Last HuskyLEAD of Semester is Tuesday

Student Activities announces the last scheduled HuskyLEAD of Spring 2016 is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops designed to help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.

Tuesday's topic is "Turn Your Experiences Into a Job Success." Learn to articulate the leadership skills you learned while on study abroad, co-op or internship, employed by Michigan Tech or in the community or while participating in your student organization events. Presenter is Darnishia Slade, International Programs and Services.

If you have any questions or comments, email Maryann Wilcox, coordinator of Registered Student Organizations or call 7-2402.

Seminars by Anna Belu

There will be two seminars next week with Anna M. Belu, senior principal scientist and technical fellow at Medtronic, a medical device company

The first, "A Career in Science, A Job in Industry:
What Did You Do Today Mom?" will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 in EERC 103.

The second, "Characterization of Surface and Interfaces in the
Medical Device Industry," will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in Dow 641.

This event partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

An Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 28 in Dillman 214.

Becca Green will present "High-Tech Analysis of Low-Tech Methods for Sustainable Class A Biosolids Production." Ninad Mohale will present "Plastic Pyrolysis — Dealing with Plastic Pollution."

Consumer Products Day

Students are encouraged to form four to six person teams to participate in the Consumer Products Day contest.

If you are aware of students who want to join the contest but are struggling to find members for their teams, this event is for them. In order to help students build cross-functional teams, Career Services is organizing a Meet and Greet event from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

This event will consist of a brief introduction, explanation of the contest, a mixer for students to introduce each other to different majors and a brief exercise to teach different methods for developing innovative ideas.

Complete details are available online.

Reminders

Last Day to Drop Classes is Today

The last day to drop full term spring semester classes is 5 p.m. today (March 25).

All drops must be done in the Registrar’s Office, Administration and Student Services Building, Room 130. The last day to drop track B classes with a "W" grade is Friday, April 8.

Instructions for late drops for graduate students are available online.

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Chinese Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana features Chinese cuisine. Khana Khana serves international food every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court.

Today's menu is Sweet and Sour Chicken, Braised Tofu and Mango Sago, a dessert with tapioca, mango and coconut milk.

The cost is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink. Like Khana Khazana on Facebook.

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Today's C-Cubed Menu

Loaded Guacamole Black Bean Tacos (VGF*) 
Pan Seared Cod Fish Tacos (GF*) 
*hard shell corn or flour tortillas 
Condiments: Salsa, Salsa Verde and Sour Cream
Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Soup (VGF) 
Sopapilla Cheese Cake Pie (V)

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free

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Biological Sciences Seminar

Richelle Winkler (SS) will present "Participation in Fishing Around the Great Lakes Region: Are We Seeing a Broad Shift Away?" at 4 p.m. today (March 25) in Dow 641.

For more information, visit the Biological Sciences webpage.

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Film Board Presents "The Revenant"

This weekend, Film Board will be showing "The Revenant" in Fisher 135.

Showtimes:
Today, March 25 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, March 26 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 pm.
Sunday, March 27 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3. Concessions are $1 each.

The Revenant is Rated R.

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Intergalactic Nemesis Tomorrow at Rozsa

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents the “Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth - a live-action graphic novel"  at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow  (March 26).

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office two hours prior to the performance.

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Women's History Month: Robyn Ochs

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is celebrating Women's History Month by inviting Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker, award-winning activist and editor on the topics of gender and sexuality. Do not miss this opportunity to join the discussion and become a powerful ally to your fellow Huskies in these workshops:

  • "The Changing Landscape" 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29 in MUB Ballroom.
  • "Loosening the Gender Girdle" 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in MUB Ballroom.

These events are open to everyone. For more information contact CDI at 4-2920.

Notables

At the conclusion of last week's New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, command of the NYC 1st Battalion 69th Infantry was officially turned over to Michigan Tech alumnus Lt. Col. Don T. Makay, '99.

Makay has extensive combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. In 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan as the deputy operations officer of the counter IED task force.

He is a volunteering founder of the Iraqi Hope Foundation, providing career assistance to veterans and a Full Time Senior Vice President & Senior Lead of Anti Money Laundering at Citigroup.

 

CTL Tip of the Week

New User Interface coming to Canvas this Summer

A new, modernized user interface (UI) for Canvas is coming this summer. First debuted by Instructure last summer, the new UI is cleaner and more contemporary and is designed to provide an updated look and feel and improved navigation. “The refreshed Canvas user interface makes it even more intuitive and easier for teachers and students to use,” said Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Education at Instructure.

The change to the new Canvas UI will take place at Michigan Tech on June 25, in between summer session tracks A and B. Michigan Tech users should not fear any substantial changes in their Canvas workflows, and instead just expect a change in the way things look.

The global navigation menu has a new appearance and is located on the left side of the page instead of the top, and the user dashboard will also have a different look featuring dynamic course cards.

More Michigan Tech-specific user documentation and tutorials will become available in the near future so users here can get a chance to see the new Ui and learn more about it before the end of Spring Semester. Visit our New UI First Look Resources page for current videos and user guides from Instructure demonstrating the new Canvas UI.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.